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Outside the circle of gullible Eurocrats who might actually believe some of the crap that flows from Blair’s PR hacks, there can be only one of two decisions resulting from this equation:  Everyone is laughing up their sleeve at this foolish git who thinks he’s moving on to yet another position of power; or  this really is just a figurehead position desired by no one other than out-of-work political blow-up bed-mates.
Tony Blair’s ambition to become Europe’s first president have been set back by stiffening opposition from Sweden and Spain, the two countries chairing the EU for the next year.
Senior officials in Stockholm, which assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the EU today, said they feared a President Blair would be a divisive figure, triggering friction between small and large European countries, and added that José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, was even more strongly opposed to Blair securing the post and usurping Madrid’s running of the union next year.
The decision to appoint a new sitting European president, for a maximum of five years, is to be taken before the end of the year if Ireland votes yes in October in a referendum on the Lisbon treaty streamlining the way the EU is run and also creating the new post.
Have the Irish become suddenly demented in the past few months? Are they considering a “Yes” vote?
European governments had to decide whether the post ought to be turned into “a strong leader for Europe” or whether the president’s role should be limited to chairing EU summits and “not putting the [European] commission president in the shadow,” said the Swedish prime minister.
It was clear he preferred the latter role, a lower profile and less influential function that would probably be less attractive to Blair…
The Briton’s main assets, however, are name and brand recognition, international contacts, and the absence, so far, of any serious rival for the post.
In other words, nothing at all useful to a politician trying to achieve anything other than personal gain.